After finishing off a very successful and promising sophomore year in the NBA, John Wall had apparently suffered a stress injury in the off season, which would consequently cause him to miss approximately 10 games of this season. Today we learned that John Wall had suffered more than just a stress injury. Instead, on Monday morning, John Wall briefed the media, stating that he had indeed suffered a stress fracture during the off season. A stress fracture and the damage to the cartilage in Wall’s knee, has caused him to miss 21 games, and counting.
It’s truly a shame that Wall has suffered this major setback, especially knowing how much John Wall has worked to improve his game during the off season. Wall is and was, destined to become a player who would become comparable to other point guards such as Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. Wall’s court vision and athleticism, is uncanny in today’s NBA. What is stopping John Wall from becoming a top tier player, nonetheless a top tier point guard in the NBA? Nothing. Besides of course this devastating injury news.
As I mentioned, Wall’s game currently revolves around his superior athleticism. If this injury persists, Wall’s game could severely be punished. It’s quite obvious that Wall lacks a respectable jump shot, which causes Wall to constantly depend on attacking the basket and hoping the official blows his whistle. I feel as if Wall’s career could be shortened by this injury, and he may never truly realize his potential. If Wall’s style of play is permanently affected by this injury others surrounding the stress fracture, we may never see the player we have expected since he came out of the University of Kentucky in 2010.
It doesn’t help that the management and front office, completely dropped the ball in properly dating John Wall’s rehab time. Season ticket holders and fans in general, expected to see Wall play the majority of the season, because frankly, that’s what Ted Leonsis and Co. stated. Did they misdiagnose Wall’s injury? Did they keep the truth from us in order to maintain optimism? Those are some questions us Wizards’ fans want answered.
We hoped to see John Wall paired up with rookie sensation Bradley Beal, along side new additions such as Nene, Okafor, and Trevor Ariza. But instead, we’re stuck with watching the ‘B’ team play the whole season thus far. Who would’ve expected a starting lineup of Crawford,Beal,Webster,Singleton,and Okafor? Injuries take their toll on EVERY NBA roster. It’s a shame that the Wizards have lost financial flexibility and don’t have the talent or depth to make these injuries seem miniscule.
I’m saddened that people are questioning if John Wall will return at all this season. It’s truly a shame that a team which many predicted will make the playoffs, such as myself, has been put in such a difficult situation.
This ‘bump’ in the road isn’t just merely a ‘bump’. This ‘bump’ has potential becoming a huge ‘pothole’. Let’s hope for John Wall’s and the Wizards’ sake, that doesn’t occur.
Update: (10:08 pm)
Apparently John Wall used the wrong terminology when speaking to the media on Monday morning. According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the Wizards are “adamant, Wall never had, nor does he have, a stress fracture in his left knee.”